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Dashboards – Getting Started

In the organizational development space dashboard has become a recent buzz word. Every organization wants one ─ needs one ─ to monitor their key activities, to make decisions and to demonstrate progress. However developing a dashboard, selecting the key elements to monitor, and determining how to visualize them is often a challenging process.

Reaching our 2 year milestone

At Data Innovator we are celebrating our 2nd Anniversary! It has been an interesting two years to say the least. In just 24 months we have built an organization, grown to a team of 2 staff, 3 Associates and 4 partnerships, reached over 40 companies with our services, featured in Entrepreneur Magazine and moved office … Continue reading Reaching our 2 year milestone

Engaging with the Evidence Experts at the Evidence 2016 Conference

There is a gaping space in evidence informed decision-making (EIDM) in the not-for-profit sector, government and other social development organizations. Many organizations focus on use of data for accountability and do not take a systems thinking approach to learn and adapt. Research and evidence supports this, but few present practical approaches on how to narrow … Continue reading Engaging with the Evidence Experts at the Evidence 2016 Conference

Putting your project indicators into perspective

“We have achieved 60% of our target (60 of 100 individuals trained) and are on track with our activities” “We reached 1200 learners in 5 schools, exceeding our target of 1000 learners” Statements like these, which explain programme progress in relation to a defined set of indicators, typically form an important part of progress reports … Continue reading Putting your project indicators into perspective

Thinking outside the data box

Organisational learning is a process of detecting and correcting error and is a component of adaptive capacity and organisational effectiveness (Letts et al, 1999; Arygris, 1977). This process is also known as adaptive coping, which includes the “ability to detect complex patterns within events, identify causal relations between events, and intervene in events” (Van Tonder … Continue reading Thinking outside the data box

The art of using M&E to tell a good story

Good stories hook us in, capturing our imaginations, emotionally engaging and entertaining us with suspense, humour and interesting characters. Our innate love of stories and their ability to cut through barriers, makes them a highly effective way to communicate the impact of your development project with others.

Creating a compelling Theory of Change

Developing a clear Theory of Change (TOC) - ideally at the onset of a project - is critical to achieving project goals and demonstrating impact. A TOC documents your strategy for achieving your project goals. It illustrates what you intend to achieve and how you plan to achieve it in a clear and sequential way, … Continue reading Creating a compelling Theory of Change

Digesting the Detail -why simplify the many paged report?

Our key development audiences are quite saturated with lengthy report reading…so lengthy reports are simply not as useful to stakeholders anymore. I have dealt with a few evaluation ‘condensation’ tasks in South Africa. In SA – and the rest of Africa – evaluations are multiple due to the high number of donor funded projects, as well … Continue reading Digesting the Detail -why simplify the many paged report?

Using visual content to tell your story

We are living in the age of Big Data. Your social development stakeholders are probably being bombarded with datasets, databases,  and multiple boring reports among the other things which fill their days. So how do you get maximum return on the the data and information you need to disseminate to them? At Data Innovator we absolutely love … Continue reading Using visual content to tell your story